Senate Bill 1383 is a state law that became effective in January 2022 that requires local cities and counties to reduce their organic waste going to landfills. Organic waste is yard waste, paper waste, and food waste. As these materials break down in a low-oxygenated landfill they produce the greenhouse gas methane which is 80x more potent than carbon dioxide.
SB 1383 requires that the state:
- Reduce organic waste disposal to landfills by 75% by 2025
- Recover at least 20% of surplus edible food for human consumption by 2025
These two objectives can reduce food insecurity and help combat climate change in California.